One of the things every experienced photographer knows: Unless you have full control of the lighting situation, you'll want more light way more often than you'll want less of it. A lens that delivers plenty of photons to your image sensor is a good thing to have. This very bright, 50mm-equivalent "normal" focal length lens is designed to get you great results and creamy defocused backgrounds in situations where using a flash will disrupt the flow of events. The first time you see the mood and atmosphere that comes from shooting in natural, subdued light with a lens like this, you'll know you want to use it more.

Product Highlights:

  • 18.5mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens with 35mm equivalent of 50mm
  • compatible with Nikon 1 Series digital cameras
  • exceptional low-light performance
  • minimum focus distance: 8.4"
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • seven rounded-diaphragm aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 40.5mm
  • lens is 2-1/4" in diameter and 1-5/8" long
  • weight: 2.5 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

Nikon 18.5mm f/1.8 1 Nikkor Reviews

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great lens

Written By yawnmower1, new york city on Saturday, June 21, 2014

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A really great lens from Nikon for its Series 1 line of cameras. The kit lenses are quite good (10-30mm and 30-110mm) and probably all that one would need. But this lens is a great addition. Equivalent to a 50mm lens in std 35mm cameras, it makes a great portrait lens with its beautiful bokeh effect. Great value even at full price, but fantastic value on sale. Nikon made a real winner with this line of lenses and cameras.

Pros: Fits J1, J2, J3 About the size of the kit lens 10-30mm Beautiful clarity and bokeh effect lightweight

Cons: none that I know of

Great lens

Written By Kim, Bellevue, WA on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Purchased this lens for my Nikon J1, and it really put the kit lens to shame. Pictures turned out very crisp with the perfect background blur.

good lens

Written By Anonymous, East Moline IL on Friday, July 12, 2013

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Fast lens good amount of bokah. Its become the lens I use 80% of the time. It really should be sold with the body as the primary lens

Pros: Excellent low light characteristics. Fast. Decent bokah

Cons: Not as low profile as I would like

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What's in the box?

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  • 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens (Silver)
  • LC-N40.5 Front lens cap (Silver)
  • LF-N1000 Rear lens cap
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty Card

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 18.5mm
Maximum Aperture F1.8
Weight 2.5 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Yrs with registration
Labor Warranty 5 Yrs with registration

Product Research


Overview: The Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is the fastest lens in the 1 Nikkor lineup, and is optimized for general photography, such as portraits, group shots, and landscapes, as well as HD videos. It is exclusively for Nikon 1 interchangeable lens format digital cameras, such as the J2, J1, V2, and V1. The angle of view is equivalent to a 35mm format lens with a focal length of 50mm. It comes with the LC-N40.5 snap-on 40.5mm front lens cap, and the LF-N1000 rear lens cap.

Optics: The 1 Nikkor 18.5mm lens is considered a rear focusing lens. The lens utilizes 1 Aspherical (AS) element to correct or eliminate certain types of lens aberrations.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 7-blade diaphragm to provide softly blurred backgrounds for portraits.


  • Type of Lens: Normal
  • Type of Mount: Nikon 1 mount
  • Focal Length: 18.5mm (35mm equivalent: 50mm)
  • Filter Diameter: 40.5mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 8.4"
  • Focusing Method: Auto focus or manually via focus ring
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups, including 1 aspherical lens element
  • Angle of View: 46° 40"
  • Dimensions: Diameter=2.205", Length=1.619" (2.04" w/caps)
  • Weight: approximately 2.5 ounces

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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